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Tips For Protecting Yourself When Selling Your Motorcycle

Are you thinking of selling your motorcycle? Selling a motorcycle is not only a great way to make some extra money, but it is also a great way to upgrade to a more suitable model.

However, it is essential to remember that selling a motorcycle can be risky, and taking the necessary steps to protect yourself during the sale is important. This article will discuss some tips for protecting yourself when selling your motorcycle.

Never Provide a Copy of Your Documents to the Buyer

If you’re selling your motorcycle, you’ll need to provide proof of ownership. You may also need proof of insurance, registration and other documents related to the transaction. The buyer may ask for these documents, but you should never provide copies. Always keep originals in a safe place where no one but you can access them.

Don’t Accept Checks

Today, many people pay with credit cards or cash when they buy something. However, some people still use checks to make payments without having to carry large amounts of cash or charge purchases on their credit cards. If you accept checks as payment for your motorcycle purchase, it’s possible that your money will be lost if the check bounces later on down the line.

Consider Meeting at a Public Place

Never meet at a private residence or other remote location. Instead, meet at a public place, such as the parking lot of a nearby business or restaurant. If you have to meet late at night, find a well-lit area with security cameras nearby so you can confirm the person is who they say they are before handing over your bike keys.

Don’t Give Out Personal or Financial Information

If someone wants to buy your motorcycle online, ask them for their name and phone number first and only give out information after they have provided theirs. You should also avoid giving out any personal information, such as bank account numbers or social security numbers, over the phone unless you know who you’re dealing with.

If You Have Any Doubts, Walk Away

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone offers an unrealistically high price for a bike that’s not yet on the market or asks for payment in cash upfront with no receipt, walk away. These are all signs of fraudsters looking to take advantage of your enthusiasm and ignorance.

Be Careful About Giving Your Address to Potential Buyers

It should raise a red flag if someone asks for your address or phone number during a transaction. A legitimate buyer won’t need that information — and shouldn’t want it either. If they are asking for this information, they may be trying to scam you into sending them money before they purchase your bike or using your address as their own when they ship the bike back to you (knowing that most people don’t check their shipping address).


If you want to sell your motorcycle and make the best of the situation, it is important to remember that risks are involved. The above tips will help you protect yourself from these risks, so it is essential to consider them before selling your motorcycle.

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